Naomi Klein: Trying to link Climate and Racism

Watts Up With That?

Naomi Klein, GNU Free Documentation License, photographer Mariusz Kubik https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naomi_Klein_Warsaw_Nov._19_2008_Fot_Mariusz_Kubik_02.jpg Naomi Klein, GNU Free Documentation License, photographer Mariusz Kubik https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naomi_Klein_Warsaw_Nov._19_2008_Fot_Mariusz_Kubik_02.jpg

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Naomi Klein has attempted to link climate, fossil fuels and racism, but in my opinion Naomi’s piece inadvertently embraces the ugly colonialist paternalism which she tries to insist we should reject.

Naomi Klein on the racism that underlies climate change inaction

For the past three decades, since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was created and climate negotiations began, the refusal of our governments to lower emissions has been accompanied with full awareness of the dangers. And this kind of recklessness would have been functionally impossible without institutional racism, even if only latent. It would have been impossible without orientalism – what Edward Said described in his landmark book of the same name as “disregarding, essentialising, denuding the humanity of another culture, people or geographical region”. It would have been impossible without all the…

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